Each year for Fairtrade Fortnight (22 Feb – 7 Mar), Fairtrade Mark Ireland invites guests from developing countries to share their first hand experiences of Fairtrade and to highlight the positive impact on their lives and in their community.
The Dock is delighted to host one of this years Fairtrade Fortnight guests, Hella Alikuru, for a lunchtime talk on Tuesday 2nd March at 1pm in the coffee shop.
Hella Alikuru is the Africa Region Coordinator for the International Union of Food & Agricultural Workers (IUF).
Although Fairtrade schemes have existed for years on some farms in Africa, the challenge has been how to use the premium funds to benefit the workers and enhance their participation in joint employer/worker bodies as they have little or no knowledge of the Fairtrade scheme. Hella co-ordinates co-ops in Uganda and Kenya and advises trade unions and workers all over Africa on their participation and their rights within the Fairtrade system so they can benefit from funds for such things as purchase of vehicles for transportation, computer training, infrastructure development, setting up savings and credit schemes etc.
So don’t miss this great opportunity to hear first hand about the impact of supporting Fairtrade and to enjoy a variety of samples of fair trade products. All are very welcome.